April 10, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – With just a week to go before heading to Atlanta, Ga. for the ACC Championships, Florida State will take the home field advantage this weekend as the No. 6 men’s and No. 8 women’s track and field squads host the annual Seminole Invitational.
“We’re really excited because for a lot of our guys who have been hurt and dinged up, this is going to be an opener for them,” said head coach Bob Braman. “For some of our distance kids it’s going to be an opening outdoor meet and a really important event to get ready for the next week’s ACC Championships.”
The one-day meet will kick off at Mike Long Track on Saturday morning, April 12 at 12:00 p.m. with the women’s high jump, long jump and pole vault. The first 100 fans through the gates will receive free Crocs sandals.
Among the Seminoles scheduled to compete this weekend are All-Americans Luke Gunn, Ray Taylor and Charles Clark.
Distance runner Gunn (Derby, England) will kick off his senior outdoor season in the 3000m scheduled for Saturday night along with fellow senior Mark Buckingham (Huddersfield, England).
Taylor (Sanguinetti, Jamaica), a transfer from Cornell University, will make his first appearance of the outdoor season as well in the triple jump. The senior is a two-time All-America in the event and the reigning outdoor national champion.
Clark (Virginia Beach, Va.) is scheduled to compete in his first solo event of outdoor competition in the men’s 400m dash early Saturday afternoon. At the FSU Relays back on March 28, Clark was part of the men’s 4x100m relay team who posted a 39.16.
All four men are looking to post regional qualifying marks in their respective events in order to compete in the NCAA East Regional Championships next month back here in Tallahassee. So far, the Seminoles have regional marks in 18 events as well as an automatic mark for the NCAA Championships from freshman Gonzalo Barroilhet (Santiago, Chile) in the men’s decathlon.
“I think honestly we’ll get more regional marks this weekend than we have in the first three weeks of the season combined,” said Braman.
In the meantime, ACC Championships will get under way next Thursday, April 17, on the campus at Georgia Tech.